Deep garnet color and still inky too, clear and opaque. Aromatics burst through as soon as cork pulled. Smells are barnyard, blackberry, currant, and raw meat. Tastes are dry leaves, unripe blackberry, hoisin, earth, spice, cedar, and smoky tatstes. Tannins are dusty and satin like and the finish is long and a bit like unripened fruit. Complex.
A big nose filled with fruit, perfume, cedar tree, cigar box and tar. The taste is still tight with lots of nice tannin and good acidity, but with the body to carry it. Notes of dark red berries and homemade caramel. The wine continued to open up and evolve over the next 3-4 hours (even though it was pre-decanted). Amazing wine today and will probably improve in terms of balance.
Nose is elegant and integrated, graphite and sandalwood with hidden blackberry fruit underneath. Palate was medium bodied, and what it lacked in power, it made up for inelegance. At 6 hours open it seemed to put on quite a bit of weight while maintaining elegance. Very nice.
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(Calon-Segur) This showed not so great. Nose of redcurrants, peppercorns and stones. Not too expressive. Ripe, juicy and bright with some nice dense fruit and dark berr flavors. Huge tannins but sneaky length indicates greatness in the future but not today.
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